Third Sector New England is pleased to announce that our senior consultant, P. Stewart Lanier, has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 Drylongso Racial Justice Leadership Award from Community Change, Inc. Stewart will receive this award, along with other recipients, at the 2016 Community Change Antiracism Leadership Awards on Friday, November 18 in Roxbury, Mass.
Stewart is an experienced organizational development consultant. He has also served as interim executive director of City Life/Vida Urbana, The City School, Bike Not Bombs, Close to Home, Access Strategy Fund and the Episcopal City Mission, supporting these organizations in managing transitions and strategically aligning for increased impact. He was intensively involved in the foreclosure eviction resistance campaign led by City Life/Vida Urbana, and arrested three times in eviction blockades and predatory lending protests.
“Racial Justice work needs to take place where we live and work in order to have the greatest impact and Stewart is doing just that and we wanted to honor his work and process.”
“Stewart was chosen for this year's Drylongso Award due to his longstanding commitment to racial justice. Specifically, it is his work with White People Challenging Racism and his assisting in taking that workshop and bringing it to his own community that really stood out to us,” says Shay Stewart-Bouley, Executive Director, Community Change, Inc. “Racial Justice work needs to take place where we live and work in order to have the greatest impact and Stewart is doing just that and we wanted to honor his work and process.”
Stewart has been involved with grassroots social justice organizations with a racial-equity lens for over 10 years. He is an active member of the White People Challenging Racism facilitator group and has assisted in developing its procedures and practices to support rapid expansion in recent years.
"Stewart models a humility and fierceness we can all learn from; thanks for showing the way," says Jennifer Yanco, Executive Director, West Africa Research Association at Boston University and founder of White People Challenging Racism.
Stewart sees his role as primarily supporting learning and the leadership of others. He has led the White People Challenging Racism group in his local area, co-facilitating and mentoring several new facilitators many of whom are active in his hometown of Melrose. This alumnae group has tabled at the Melrose fair, promoted placement of Black Live Matter signs in the community, and is currently exploring bringing the workshop to educators in the school system and to town employees.
“Stewart has inspired—what feels like—a real movement of white people in our community to take responsibility to stand up for racial justice,” says Jane Allen, White People Challenging Racism organizer. “We now have more than 50 people who have completed the workshop and a robust partner networks across the city. Our group recognizes that this is our problem and we must take an active role in dismantling racism in our society.”
In his work at Third Sector New England, Stewart has played a key role in the integration of a race-equity lens into TSNE’s consulting practice and protocols. TSNE’s consultants work closely with organizations to become more effective in achieving their missions, incorporating an equity and racism lens. He has also developed learning opportunities for our staff and consultants to develop skills to open up understanding, analysis and potential actions to address racism and inequity.
To learn more about the awards or to attend the Community Change, Inc. Antiracism Leadership Awards, go to: http://www.communitychangeinc.org/drylongso-awards/